History was made on Tuesday when US President Donald Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as the pair met for the first time during a nuclear summit in Singapore.
President Trump and Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un shared a lengthy handshake in front of the cameras, as the world tuned in to watch the historic meeting live after weeks of speculation over whether it would actually happen.
The pair grasped hands tightly in front of a row of US and North Korean flags before heading inside the luxury Capella Hotel where they briefly spoke to reporters.
Trump announced back in May that he would meet with the North Korean dictator on June 12, which is the first time sitting leaders from both countries have ever met.
The pair came face-to-face on Sentosa Island and spoke to journalists, before sitting down together behind closed doors to attempt to make a deal on the issue of denuclearisation. It is estimated that the leaders will spend the best part of an hour alone, joined only by translators, before being joined by their respective aides for further discussions.
Speaking before private talks began Trump predicted he would have a “great discussion” with the notorious Korean leader and added that he is confident the pair will forge a “terrific relationship”. While Kim Jong-un, who succeeded his father Kim Jong-il in 2011, said the pair had overcome “all obstacles” to hold the meeting.
There were doubts over whether the landmark summit would take place as Trump, 71, announced he was cancelling the meeting on May 24, before rescinding on his decision one week later when he confirmed that talks would go ahead as planned.
Trump, who was elected the 45th President of the United States in 2016, has previously said he wants Kim to commit to “complete, permanent and verifiable denuclearisation”, as well as negotiating a formal end to the Korean War.
Kim Jong-un also notably met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April when the pair, whose nations are divided by a demilitarised zone, signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula, committing to a nuclear-free peninsula and talks to bring a formal end to the Korean War.